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The History of Israel: The Persian and Hellenistic Periods

L. L. Grabbe

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Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780198263913
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601187 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198263910.003.0015
 The History of Israel: The Persian and Hellenistic Periods

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This is the fifth of six chapters on the Old Testament and its authors. It gives an account of a later period of Israelite history than does the preceding chapter, and discusses the Persian and Hellenistic periods—the ‘post‐exilic’ period. The author notes that the sources for the Second Temple period give a series of vignettes into what was happening in the Palestinian region but the complete picture has to be inferred from fragmentary data, and there are major questions about the value of some of the traditional sources. The chapter is arranged in four main sections, which cover the Persian period, the Greek conquest, the Ptolemaic period, and Seleucid rule.

Keywords: Greek conquest; Hellenistic period; history of Israel; Israel; Israelite history; Old Testament; Palestinian region; Persian period; post‐exilic period; Ptolemaic period; Second Temple period; Seleucid rule

Chapter.  12166 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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